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Eating Healthy And Chiropractic Medicine

Eating Healthy And Chiropractic Medicine

Eating healthy and spinal health are interconnected. Eating healthier will help to lose weight, and provide a healthier body mass index. This means more muscle mass, especially when integrated with more protein. The spine sustains and supports the whole torso and upper body. When weight increases in these areas it can cause an array of issues like subluxations, curvature problems, sciatica, and more. The extra muscle mass takes the added stress from any extra weight off of the spine. Strong muscles can carry the weight of the body, taking the pressure off the spine and keeping it healthy and operating in top form.  
 

Making Healthy Adjustments

No matter where an individual is on their healthy eating plan, there are common practices that work for many and helps improve their diet. This involves integrating healthy food groups into the diet in different ways, and not giving up when mistakes are made, but learning from them. When developing new healthy habits it takes time, diligence, practice, and research to eat the right foods.  

Fruits and Veggies

It is easier and tastier to forget the nutritious foods and go for the carbs, fats, etc. Rather than trying to add more vegetables, or eating fruit as a snack every day can be tough. An easier, and better way to integrate fruits and vegetables into one’s diet is to substitute the carbs and fats for fruits and veggies in the main meals every day.
  • This could be spiralized zucchini, squash, or no-carb spaghetti instead of pasta spaghetti.
  • Instead of ice cream try real fruit sorbet.
  • Mashed cauliflower instead of white rice or mashed potatoes.
  • There are plenty of substitutes that are healthier and just as tasty and as the real thing.
  • Healthy recipes out there that can give you ideas on how to do this.
The benefit of substituting fruits and vegetables, rather than just adding them to a diet is individuals increase their health by reducing unhealthy dietary elements and adding healthy new ones at the same time. However, this does not mean doing it all at once. The goal is to gradually substitute these nutritious foods into everyday dishes for maximum health benefits.  
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More Fiber and Protein

It is important that the body gets enough fiber and protein as a healthy energy source. Many individuals can become dependent on: Ingesting unhealthy foods all day every day takes a significant toll on the body. This includes:
  • Blood sugar
  • Weight
  • Energy
  • Mood
Fiber and protein are important because the two regulate the body’s systems to promote healthy bodily functions. Fiber helps the digestive system and regulates carbohydrate breakdown. This means the energy obtained from any carb will last longer and will not increase blood sugar when integrated with fiber. Most individuals know that protein builds muscle. But it also makes the body feel full much longer than carbs or sugars do. This allows for natural regulation of how much is eaten during the day so an individual does not eat more than the body needs. Carbs and sugars are not filling and can become addictive. This means that they can be eaten all day long without feeling full and just load up with empty calories. A few ways to integrate fiber and protein into a diet:

Breakfast

  • Eggs
  • Turkey bacon
  • Whole wheat/multigrain toast

Lunch

  • Whole wheat wrap or sandwich

Dinner

  • Brown rice and beans are loaded with protein and fiber.
  • A great substitution for vegetarians/vegans for more protein or fiber
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Reduce Sugar Intake

Reducing sugar intake or switching to balanced sugars from fruits, yogurt, etc. A diet high in sugar can wreck the body, causing:
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Overeating
  • Other unhealthy effects
Sugar is fine when practiced in moderation. But when it becomes a daily habit, that’s when it can start affecting the body. The objective is to drink more water, and use substitutions when cravings present. Try:
  • Yogurt instead of ice cream
  • Healthy fruit drinks instead of soda
  • Tea instead of wine
  • Keep the indulgences to once or twice a week if possible.

Eating Healthy Benefits

A few of the benefits from eating healthy that will improve quality of life:
  • Improved digestive health
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced to no back pain
  • Reduced to no foot pain
  • Healthy sleep patterns
  • Less fatigue
  • Improved focus
  • Improved brain health
  • Clear skin
  • Reduced to no irritability

Body Composition


 

New Health Issues

Steady weight gain throughout life can lead to adult diabetes. This is brought on by more body fat and muscle loss. Loss of skeletal muscle mass is linked to insulin resistance. The less muscle is available, the less insulin sensitive the body becomes. Loss of muscle can cause other problems with age. One damaging condition, especially for women, is osteoporosis. This happens when old bone is reabsorbed rather than new bone being created. Both men and women can have decreased muscle mass with thinner, weaker bones. This increases the risk of osteoporosis and the risk of serious injury from falls. Prevention includes Eat sufficient protein throughout the day. It is often best to space out protein intake across meals and not consume all at once to ensure the proper amount is being met daily. Regular body composition monitoring can help. The goal is to minimize muscle mass loss and fat mass gain as the body ages.  

Disclaimer

The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the musculoskeletal system’s injuries or disorders. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP, CIFM, CTG* email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com phone: 915-850-0900 Licensed in Texas & New Mexico  
References
Cena, Hellas, and Philip C Calder. “Defining a Healthy Diet: Evidence for The Role of Contemporary Dietary Patterns in Health and Disease.” Nutrients vol. 12,2 334. 27 Jan. 2020, doi:10.3390/nu12020334 Locke, Amy et al. “Diets for Health: Goals and Guidelines.” American family physician vol. 97,11 (2018): 721-728. Warensjö Lemming, Eva, and Liisa Byberg. “Is a Healthy Diet Also Suitable for the Prevention of Fragility Fractures?.” Nutrients vol. 12,9 2642. 30 Aug. 2020, doi:10.3390/nu12092642
Multiple Traumas and Chiropractic Injury Rehabilitation

Multiple Traumas and Chiropractic Injury Rehabilitation

With intense automobile, work, and sporting/fitness accidents, and natural disasters, individuals can experience multiple traumas also known as polytrauma. Recovery and rehabilitation can be a difficult and challenging journey. Multiple traumas are serious medical emergencies only given to individuals going through a severe situation. Polytrauma references multiple severe traumas that occurred at the same time. An individual can experience a:
 
Physical therapy and chiropractic rehabilitation could be part of a treatment program. This is to restore the body’s mobility, function, and promote the body’s natural healing abilities. The importance of creating the proper rehabilitation program can make all the difference and restoring the integrity of the spine is critical.

Spinal Stabilization

Any type of trauma despite its severity can have the potential to interfere/disrupt spinal functions.
  • Suffering a concussive hit to the head could cause damage to the cervical spine.
  • Falling off a ladder could shift the vertebral discs.
  • Hitting the knee on an object can cause a spinal misalignment from shifting the weight to the other leg for a day or two.
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Spinal misalignments and/or dysfunction are common in multiple trauma cases. Dealing with broken bones and substantial wounds often means the spine could need to be realigned. Even if there are no localized injuries to the back or neck. Spinal misalignment, translation/rotation, herniated discs, or other conditions can hinder the overall recovery process and present new health issues.  

Nerve Damage

Often, a lasting issue from multiple traumas is nerve damage. The severity can completely destroy nerve endings making it impossible to regain feeling or movement in certain areas of the body. The nerve damage can be regenerated if the impediment is rooted in the spine and is addressed in time. Correcting spinal discs that have shifted along with subluxations that can compress the nerves and interfere with signal communication can help restore the areas directly affected. Example: Broken arms or legs can lose sensations that can be regained by spinal realignment. There are arteries that follow the spinal pathway. When the spinal integrity is restored proper circulation/blood flow is achieved, which is essential in natural recovery.  
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Trauma Beyond the Injury

Developing the correct rehabilitation treatment plan could mean the difference in a speedy and healthy recovery. Chiropractic can be an integral part of the recovery process, especially for a body that has sustained severe musculoskeletal injuries. The spine is an extension of the central nervous system. This means that bringing relief to the spine can affect positive healing in the injured areas. The critical role of the spine in an individual’s rehabilitation and whole well-being is why no matter the extent of the trauma, we deliver relief.

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Dr. Alex Jimenez�s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Kroupa, J. �K definici polytraumatu a polytraumatismu� [Definition of “polytrauma” and “polytraumatism”].�Acta chirurgiae orthopaedicae et traumatologiae Cechoslovaca�vol. 57,4 (1990): 347-60.
Osteoporosis Prevention Plan

Osteoporosis Prevention Plan

Osteoporosis prevention can be accomplished, even with an osteoporosis diagnosis. There are steps along with your doctor’s treatment plan and recommendations to help control the disease from progressing. An osteoporosis prevention plan can be generated to improve general health and reduce the chances of a fracture in the spine or other bones. �

 

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Doctor Discussion

Make an appointment with a specialist to talk about osteoporosis risk factors. If you are 40 years of age or older, take some time to review the list of potential risk factors to discuss. An individual’s response can help prepare for this healthcare discussion.

Risk Factors

  • The individual has had a bone fracture as an adult – wrist, hip, spine, etc.
  • History of osteoporosis in family – mother, sister, father.
  • Body Type – small, medium, large frame.
  • Body Shape – Thin, frail, overweight, obese.
  • No regular exercise.
  • Tobacco use – smoke, vaping, chewing, etc.
  • Alcohol consumption – Drinks 3 or more times a week, sometimes binge drinks.
  • Diet does not include calcium – milk, yogurt, or vitamin D – cheese, eggs.
  • Occasional crash diet.
  • Eating disorders – anorexia, purging, bulimia.
  • Corticosteroid/s use and/or anti-convulsant medication/s use.
  • Less stability on feet.
  • Experiences occasional falls.
  • Women – 45 or younger, beginning of menopause, 50 or older, post-menopause.
  • Men – Diagnosed with low testosterone levels.

Learn Your T-score

A bone mineral density test is the most dependable way to predict and detect osteoporosis. It is a painless test and can take around ten to thirty minutes to complete. The T-score is a number that lets an individual know where their bone density it and if it is good or not so good.

Build Bone Mass

Bone mass can be built up by including weight-bearing and resistance exercise into a regular workout. The difference between weight-bearing and resistance exercises is that weight-bearing uses the bone/s and muscle/s to work against gravity.

Walking, jogging, and dancing, are examples of weight-bearing exercises. Weight lifting or free weights are examples of resistance exercise. Here the body’s muscular strength is being utilized. This helps build bone mass and strengthen muscles.

Calcium/Vitamin D Rich Diet

Taking the time to nourish the body properly will help with osteoporosis prevention and achieve optimal health. Calcium and vitamin D won’t completely prevent or cure osteoporosis, but it is essential to include these minerals and vitamins in your diet daily. If an individual is lactose intolerant, there are fortified food products like orange juice and cereal/s to help meet daily mineral/vitamin requirements.

Check out the best and worst foods for bones. Supplements are another option to help boost calcium and vitamin D. Your doctor will know how much calcium and vitamin D you need. Taking too much is not being health-wise. Taking too much of a supplement can make an individual sick. Registered Dietitians and Health coaches can educate on making wise food and supplement choices. A doctor can aid in finding either in your area. �

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Stop Smoking

Smoking increases the risk of osteoporosis. Smoking affects pretty much every organ in the body. Smoking interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium and lowers the hormones the body needs to build and keep the bone mass. Quitting will decrease the risk of cancer, heart, lung disease, and osteoporosis.

Reduce Alcohol

Too much alcohol consumption causes poor nutrition. Poor nutrition causes bone density to decline, which leads to osteoporosis. And alcohol increases the risk of falling. Falls are one of the leading causes of spinal/other bone fractures. So contact your doctor or chiropractor and discuss an osteoporosis prevention plan.


Personal Injury and Chiropractic

 


 

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

Chronic Pain Treatment/Management

Chronic Pain Treatment/Management

There are various chronic treatment/management options available. Chronic pain treatment focuses on treating and managing the root cause and underlying condition that is causing the pain. The physical and psychological aspects of chronic pain need to be balanced in order for a treatment plan to work.

 

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That is why a complete treatment plan can sometimes be necessary to address both the physical and psychological factors generating the pain. Because of this treatment plans often involve different pain specialists working in conjunction with a customized treatment/management plan according to the individual’s needs. This can include a combination of treatment protocols, like:

  • Health coaching
  • Psychological therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga, Pilates

Treatment/Management

The focus of chronic pain treatment is to:

  • Lessen pain frequency and intensity
  • Help individuals get back to work
  • Improve mobility and flexibility
  • Maintain quality of life
  • Reduce or eliminate reliance on pain meds
  • Reduce possible re-injury or new injury
  • Reduce mental and emotional symptoms like anxiety and depression

Pain Meds

 

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Non-Opioids

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications are usually the first treatment for chronic mild to moderate pain. Examples are ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen. These medications work by blocking enzymes and reduce prostaglandins throughout the body that cause pain and swelling. Acetaminophen used in Tylenol is similar to these medications but works differently. Instead, these meds block the production of inflammatory chemicals in the brain.

Opioids

Opioids are narcotics and can be extremely powerful pain relievers. These are used to relieve severe pain symptoms temporarily. Narcotics work by blocking the pain signals before they get to the brain. However, these meds are highly addictive and can lead to abuse. Doctors prescribe narcotics when non-opioids and all forms of non-pharmacological treatment/s fail or don’t work in providing sufficient pain relief. Examples include:

  • Buprenorphine
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Tramadol

Anticonvulsants

Anticonvulsants or anti-epileptics are used to treat seizures. They can also help in relieving pain that is associated with nerve injury/damage and fibromyalgia. Examples include:

Muscle Relaxants

Muscle relaxants can be used for chronic pain but there is division among medical experts as to how effective they are and of their addictiveness. Plus there are few studies supporting their use in individuals with chronic pain.

Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids are hormone-based medications that help reduce inflammation. They are generated naturally in the body while some are synthesized in a laboratory. Injectable steroids can help relieve pain brought on from pinched nerves or joint disorders.

Antirheumatics

Antirheumatic meds are used to control and manage rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. They prevent or inhibit the immune system and help reduce joint damage. Examples include:

  • Methotrexate
  • Leflunomide
  • Hydroxychloroquine
  • Sulfasalazine

Antidepressants

Antidepressants are used to treat anxiety disorders and depression disorders but are also used to relieve chronic pain. They are used to treat pain caused by:

  • Arthritis
  • Migraine
  • Nerve damage
  • Fibromyalgia

These medications increase the brain’s chemical levels like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. They can also be used even when an individual has no depression symptoms. Examples include:

  • Amitriptyline
  • Venlafaxine
  • Paroxetine.

Alternative Treatment

Alternative treatment/management can also help with the pain. It’s recommended to discuss any type of alternative treatment with a doctor or medical professional. Doctors encourage alternative treatments along with keeping a journal of how an individual feels after a series of treatment sessions. If the individual feels better, and the treatment is working, then consider continuing for an extended period. Here are some alternative treatments/therapies to think about.

  • Acupuncture: Works by releasing endorphins, the natural pain-relieving chemicals, and affects the brain region that controls serotonin, the chemical that regulates mood.
  • Massage: Helps relieve pain by keeping muscles, ligaments loose and proper blood flow throughout the body
  • Meditation: Has been shown to help improve pain perception and reducing depressive symptoms
  • Hypnosis: Has been found to be useful in treating cancer and back pain
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Psychological Therapy

Psychotherapy, also known as talking therapy could be part of a chronic pain treatment plan. What it does is to help improve the associated symptoms/conditions which include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fear of pain

Psychotherapy has shown promising results and has various forms. They are:

Acceptance/Commitment Therapy

Acceptance commitment therapy is short-term psychotherapy. There are two approaches to pain perception. One, it teaches the individual to accept things beyond what they control. Second, it encourages the individual to feel things the way they are, work towards relief instead of questioning and being skeptical. It opens an individual’s psychological perspective. It can be used to treat low back, leg, and neck pain.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

This therapy educates individuals on pain, mood, behavior, and how they all relate to each other. It also trains an individual on relaxation strategies. Individuals learn techniques to replace negative thoughts concerning their pain with positive thoughts. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been shown to be effective in treating pain caused by:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Chronic migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer

Early and aggressive treatment/management of chronic pain can make a significant difference. Knowledge is power so make sure you understand all options before deciding which to take.


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Dr. Alex Jimenez�s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

Eating Right and Healing Quick, Post Spine Surgery

Eating Right and Healing Quick, Post Spine Surgery

Getting back to the house and eating a regular meal post a spinal operation is one of those moments when more is better. This means more:

  • Calories
  • Protein
  • Healthy foods to help the body recover quicker

The time after neck or back surgery is not only a time for the spine to heal, but for the entire body to go through a recovery process. It is a generally slow progression, but once you are able to eat normally, a high-quality diet/meal plan will help ensure a smooth and speedy recovery. �

 

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The first few days after arriving home there could be nausea, which is common coming out of anesthesia and beginning pain medication. Appetite could be diminished, which is just fine because the gastrointestinal tract needs time to get back functioning properly after spine surgery.

A positive sign that the digestive system is beginning to work properly is the ability to pass gas. Recovery in a hospital, the surgical team slowly transitions from a clear liquid diet to a soft diet and finally to solid food.

Once out of the hospital, the body should be ready to eat normally. Your surgical team will discuss and provide the individual with a specific meal plan, but a general approach to a post-spine surgery diet typically follow these parameters:

More Calories

Post spine surgery, the body’s metabolism increases in order to heal. So the body needs extra calories, around twice as much for proper recovery. It is very important that these extra calories are from healthy foods like:

  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables

 

� These will provide the body with extra vitamin C and other nutrients that the body needs for healing a wound and the recovery process that goes with it.

High-Protein

Protein is the key nutrient required for post-surgery healing and recovery. Extra calories should come from:

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� Low-fat dairy is a good source of protein that provides calcium and vitamin D for bone restoration. High-protein foods are often high in zinc, which is essential in fighting infections.

 

Eat More Small Meals

Rather than eating three regular-sized meals, try to eat four to six small, well-balanced meals. These should be spaced throughout the day into the evening. These will be easier on the digestive system, especially when increasing the calorie intake.

 

Supplement Shakes or Smoothies

Smoothies and shakes are a great way to boost calories and protein post-op. Make them with milk, soymilk, yogurt, or other high-protein food or beverage as the base. There are also prepared shakes or smoothies at the supermarket or drug store that are specifically prepared to boost calories and protein. �

 

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Vitamins and Minerals

The surgeon will more than likely recommend vitamin and mineral supplements, along with other dietary supplements to promote healing. Be sure to get a doctor�s approval before taking any other supplements during recovery. �

 

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Water and Fiber

Pain medication can cause constipation. The most important thing to do is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. This is vital to the healing process. Eat plenty of high-fiber foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. There is also a natural laxative effect from drinking prune juice or eating prunes, which are dried plums. �

 

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If there is any trouble following the post-op diet plan or any questions about food or supplements, contact the surgeon, dietitian, or a health coach/nutritionist. At a follow-up appointment, ask how long the special diet will have to last so you can plan accordingly.


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The Disease of Sitting and The Impact on Your Spine El Paso, TX.

The Disease of Sitting and The Impact on Your Spine El Paso, TX.

Sitting is wonderful, however, sitting for too long is considered worse than smoking. Sitting for too long could be considered a disease. Today’s society is about technology. However, this technology involves a great deal of inactivity and sitting for a long time. This behavior has been linked to chronic disease and on a variety of health issues not to mention the havoc, it inflicts on your spine.

Unfortunately, many work environments encourage their employees to sit for hours and hours without any kind of movement except for using the bathroom. Something has to change because as someone said, “if you don’t take the time to focus on yourself and your health, you will be forced to take the time to focus on your illness.”

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The Sedentary Work Lifestyle

Being in front of a computer all day may be part of the job, however, the goal is to bring in more activity into the day. This can be accomplished by maintaining proper posture through exercise, stretching and if need be to invest in a sit-stand desk.

Understanding why you should avoid long bouts of time sitting, means you need to know the research about what the medical community is dubbing the sitting disease.

 

Health Hazards of Sitting Too Long

Up to 80% of people sit for six or more hours every day, according to a study from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Whether at work, plopped down in front of the TV,� or the daily commute doesn’t matter, the point is that people are spending long hours sitting down and the impact of inactivity is not good.

Individuals that sit for prolonged periods have a greater risk of dying from all causes. This is because a sedentary lifestyle has been shown to increase the risk for:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancers (breast, colon, colorectal, endometrial, and epithelial ovarian)
  • Type 2 diabetes in adults

These results came from 47 studies that focused on the health effects of being sedentary. These included the types of activity people engage in, from leisure activities to strong physical activity. Those who did not exercise had the greatest risk of health problems with being sedentary. Adding only two minutes of light exercise for every hour spent sitting lowers the risk of presenting health issues/conditions by one-third, according to the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology study.

 

 

The Way Sitting Hurts the Back and Neck

Spending the majority of the day every day in a seated position will eventually take its toll leaving your spine sore, stiff, and in pain. Too much sitting puts stress on the muscles and discs of the back and neck.

What happens from all the sitting is tightness in the hip flexors like the iliopsoas muscle forms, along with pressure and restricted blood flow in the muscles of the gluteus maximus. This muscle supports a good amount of the weight placed on the spine.

 

 

The longer individuals continue to repeat unhealthy sitting behavior, the higher the risk their posture begins to fall into slouching, into incorrect posture and possibly into spinal conditions and diseases. Slouching over time causes the ligaments to stretch beyond their healthy limit, combined with poor posture strains the spinal discs that can lead to herniation, bulging and complete loss of the intervertebral discs.

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This results in added strain to the outer annulus of the disc and increases disc bulging and disc pressure.

When sitting, it’s usually at a computer/working on tasks at a desk that results in the head being in a constant forward position, with rounded shoulders that results in what is known as poor posture syndrome. Staying in the office chair or any chair too long leads to an isolated episode of back or neck pain/soreness. What’s happening is that the normal wear and tear of the spinal discs is sped up from the unhealthy weight and pressure being placed on the spine. This results in back pain that becomes a regular daily thing instead of an occasional problem.

Ergonomic chairs, sit-stand desks, fitness/stability balls and utilizing proper posture/exercises are tools to help mitigate the damage of sitting all day.

This includes stretching the muscles like the:

  • Pectorals
  • Scalene muscles in the neck
  • Hip flexors

Strengthening the muscles that are not used is very important. Muscles like the abdominals, glutes, back extensors and scapular muscles will bring back the spine�s normal balance, improving posture and getting relief from pain. Varying posture is another great way to exercise different muscles and ligaments by occasionally standing and moving around for a few minutes every half-hour. This keeps joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments loose and pain-free.

 

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Work Health

We�ve all been there working, typing feeling the positive flow and then you see two hours have passed and you haven�t gotten up from your chair at all.

Experts recommend activity every 20-30 minutes, with 20 minutes of standing per hour. Desk technology has arrived and wants to keep employees healthy. Sit-stand desks are proving to be highly beneficial to companies throughout the country. These desks allow you to transition from sitting to standing while your desk stays the same.

Standing at work has shown to boost productivity all the while allowing you to readjust posture, lose weight by burning 30% more calories and keeps your spine healthy.

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Stand Up

Even without a sit-stand desk, there are still ways of combating sitting disease and protecting your spine. Consider:

  • Doing some work standing up at a high table or counter.
  • Walk laps during discussions so you and your co-workers get some movement.
  • Take stand-and-stretch breaks every 30 minutes, set a timer if you have to.
  • Walk to a coworkers office to tell them in person instead of emailing/texting.
  • Park your car a little bit further from the office to work your steps.
  • After lunch walk around or do some stand-up work as this will help with digestion.

This will reduce your sitting throughout the day. Remember that changing posture is good for your back and neck, but don�t take it to the other extreme and stop sitting. It’s all about mixing it up. Sitting, standing, and moving around throughout the day is the best way to keep your spine/body-safe, and in optimal health at work and home.


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NCBI Resources

This may sound melodramatic, but it�s true. As we talked about above, sitting for prolonged periods of time puts you at greater risk of diseases that may end up killing you.�A study�published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, �found people who sat for over 11 hours a day had a 40% greater risk of dying within three years from any cause than people who sat less than 4 hours a day.�

 

The Ketogenic Diet and What To Know | El Paso, TX.

The Ketogenic Diet and What To Know | El Paso, TX.

If you have been paying any attention to the latest diet trends, the ketogenic diet has probably come under your radar. The diet has been gaining popularity for a while now and may stay that way�as those who follow the diet are able to obtain some impressive weight loss and other health improvements. The main question about the ketogenic diet is whether it is sustainable or not. It is a challenging diet to maintain, which means you will need to be quite motivated over the long-term to make it a permanent lifestyle.

Understanding Ketosis

Under normal dietary conditions, the body burns glucose for energy. Glucose, which comes from carbohydrates, is easy to access and works well for fuel. But under the right dietary conditions, it is possible to put the body into a state of ketosis, where it starts to burn fat for energy.

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How the Ketogenic Diet Works

The ketogenic diet is designed to put your body in a state of ketosis. Successful ketogenic dieters are able to burn fat at a relatively rapid rate. But reaching ketosis requires eating a lot differently than most people eat, especially those eating the Standard American Diet (SAD). In fact, it requires eliminating almost all carbs.

There is actually quite a history behind the ketogenic diet. It was developed over 100 years ago to help children suffering from seizures. There are definitely proven benefits to ketosis for at least the short term.

The average keto diet consists of 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbohydrates. Achieving this ratio takes focus and persistence, but it does start getting results quickly. It only takes around 72 hours to start going into ketosis and burning your body�s fat for energy.

What do Ketogenic Dieters Eat?

Popular foods in the keto diet include:

  • Dairy that is high in fat�like butter, high-fat cream, and hard cheeses
  • All types of meat�including beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, pork
  • Eggs
  • Seeds and nuts�including walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts, macadamias, and sunflower seeds
  • Avocado
  • Berries
  • Broccoli and cauliflower
  • Leafy greens�like kale, spinach, lettuces
  • Coconut oil
  • Saturated fats

What do Ketogenic Dieters Avoid?

There are some foods that the keto diet definitely does not include:

  • All grains�including wheat, corn, rice, oats, etc.
  • Legumes�beans, peas, etc.
  • Fruit�bananas, apples, oranges, pears, plums, grapes, oranges, etc.
  • Tubers�yams, sweet potatoes, russet potatoes
  • Sugar for sweetening�agave, maple syrup, honey

What are the Challenges of the Ketogenic Diet?

Being a successful keto dieter requires a serious commitment to the task at hand. With the exception of perhaps the Inuit in the Arctic, it is difficult to think of a culture that does not eat any grains, fruit or tubers. Most meals are built around these staples. That means that finding a restaurant or going over to dinner at someone�s home and eating keto requires being very selective in what you choose. The best way to maintain your diet is to plan your meals and eat mostly what you make yourself.

The number of keto-specific options available at grocery stores and in restaurants has grown in recent years, but not enough to allow you to eat out at every meal and maintain your diet.

The biggest challenge of the keto diet is maintaining it over the long-term. Few people have the willpower to totally avoid pasta, bread, potatoes, fruit, sugar, and beans for years at a time. That does not mean you cannot try the diet out, switch to a regular or different diet, then switch back again if you choose.

Here for Your Health

As your chiropractic team, we are here to help you achieve and maintain optimal health. If you have questions about the ketogenic diet or other diets�or you just want to eat healthier�we would like to help. Contact us today to get started.


Benefits of Using Functional *FOOT ORTHOTICS* | El Paso, TX (2019)

 

Functional custom foot orthotics understand the anatomy of the foot. By supporting the 3 arches of the foot, functional custom foot orthotics can help promote proper posture to prevent a variety of health issues, including neck pain and back pain. Over the counter, inserts may create more harm than good. Functional custom foot orthotics can also help maintain overall health and wellness. Because every person is unique, functional custom foot orthotics can help balance a person’s unique body structure and function. Dr. Alex Jimenez can help provide functional custom foot orthotics to patients who need to improve their overall health and wellness.


 

Foot Orthotic Catalog

A properly aligned body will have symmetrical feet, level knees, pelvis, and shoulders. With custom orthotics, imbalances and�conditions caused by those imbalances are gone.

 

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Metatarsalgia

99% of feet are normal at birth. But after the first year, 8% develop foot problems, 41% by age 5 and 80% by age 20.�By age 40, almost everyone has a foot condition of some sort. Many foot conditions eventually contribute to health concerns, especially the generalized condition of �back pain� or runner�s knee. Spotting a potential problem originating in the feet can prevent other injuries from affecting your health and lifestyle.

 

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Foot Exercises

When there are problems with the feet, it can cause problems through the legs and all the way to the spine. This can cause the ankle to pronate, meaning it rolls inward. This alters the way the�bones of the foot�line up which extends through the tibia, or shin bone.

 

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NCBI Resources

There are several significant�health benefits of a ketogenic diet. It was developed to be a way of life (WOL), not just a temporary diet and this was primarily due to the health benefits it provides. In fact, ketone diets were created to help allay or improve the symptoms of certain chronic health conditions, including epilepsy.